As Seattle has evolved, so, too, has its music scene. Jeff Shulman, producer and host of the Seattle Growth Podcast, traveled across the city to interview established and emerging musicians, music lovers and music industry leaders to learn more about the past, present and future of Seattle music.
In the season finale of the podcast, a chorus of diverse voices from the season share their thoughts on why music is so embedded in Seattle’s DNA, their insights into the soul of the music scene and the city, and their perspectives on what Seattle needs to do to preserve this rich cultural resource.
The episode includes insights from:
- David Armstrong, the longtime executive producer and artistic director of 5th Avenue Theatre who is launching a podcast called “The Musical Man.”
- Dave B., who headlined a sold-out Key Arena and performed with Macklemore on The Tonight Show.
- Andre Brown, a recent graduate of the University of Washington’s School of Drama.
- Matt Bishop, founder of the critically acclaimed indie folk and chamber pop band Hey Marseilles.
- Marco Collins, legendary Seattle radio personality and the subject of the documentary “The Glamour and the Squalor.”
- Draze, a Seattle-born hip-hop MC and musician whose hit song “The Hood Ain’t The Same” focuses on the changes Seattle residents are experiencing.
- Jason Finn, drummer of the platinum selling, Grammy-nominated band, The Presidents of the United States of America.
- Kate Voss and Jason Goessl, a married couple that performs as the vintage jazz duo Sundae and Mr. Goessl, whose recently released fifth album is entitled “When You’re Smiling.
- DeVon Manier, an inaugural member of the Seattle Music Commission and founder of Sportn’ Life Records and manager of The Black Tones, who perform at the Capitol Hill Block Party on July 20 and at City Hall Plaza on July 26 as part of the Downtown Summer Sounds series.
- Celene Ramadan, a Seattle musician who has performed as Leeni, Prom Queen and Snax the Bunny.
- Lydia Ramsey, an Americana folk singer-songwriter performing a free concert on July 19 in Volunteer Park.
- Curtis Romjue, founder of First Aid Arts, which provides arts-based tools and training for wounded hearts to heal beautifully.
- Austin Santiago, the general manager of the arts and entertainment site Do206.
- Steven Severin, co-owner of the nightclub Neumos and event production and talent booking firm Wake Up Presents.
- Brent Stiefel, a UW Foster School MBA alumnus who is the CEO of Votiv and co-founder of Onto Entertainment, which manages the platinum-selling band The Lumineers.
- Dustin Vance, a Seattle newcomer whose band Fond Farewell is performing at Tim’s Tavern on August 11.
- Naomi Wachira, a Kenya-born Afro-folk singer-songwriter now based in Seattle.
- Levi and Stephanie Ware, founders of the Melodic Caring Project, which harnesses the power of live music to impact the emotional, physical and mental health of kids battling serious and/or chronic illnesses.
- Tekla Waterfield, an indie Americana artist who recently received a Listen Up! Music by Women grant for songwriting from the Allied Arts Foundation is performing at Chihuly Garden and Glass on August 9 and at the Seattle Acoustic Festival on August 25.
- Hollis Wong-Wear, a Grammy-nominated artist known for her collaboration with Macklemore on the hit song “White Walls” and for her work with the group The Flavr Blue.
Seattle Growth Podcast host and producer Jeff Shulman is an associate professor of marketing and the Marion B. Ingersoll Professor at the UW Foster School of Business.